“Education in Alberta will be shaped by a greater emphasis on education than on the school; on the learner than on the system; on competencies than on content; on inquiry, discovery and the application of knowledge than on the dissemination of information; and on technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge than on technology to support teaching.” - (Ministerial Order on Student Learning #001/2013).
Subject specific curriculum as outlined in the provincial Programs of Study identify what students in Alberta are expected to learn and do as they progress from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Programming decisions based on curricular learning outcomes, are made to determine the activities, assessments and resources that will be used in order to support student achievement consistent with student ability. Programming that is flexible and responsive to students’ learning needs provides for student success. As student learning is cumulative, ongoing assessment informs students, parents and the teacher what has been learned and what remains to be learned.
Parents play an important role in shaping the way their children view learning. My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource is a tool offered by Alberta Education which provides parents with a better understanding of Alberta’s curriculum and how they can help their child. Through My Child’s Learning, parents will discover what their child is learning, how they’re assessed and what resources are available to help them be successful from kindergarten to Grade 12.
Alberta Education defines a basic education as one which provides students with a solid core program that is considered essential for academic success in school and later in life. This core curriculum consists of knowledge and skills related to academic subjects which includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In Calgary Catholic schools, Religious Education is also included in our core program. To support students in attaining the goals as stated in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, school authorities must ensure that all students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) have access to meaningful and relevant learning experiences that include appropriate instructional supports. In each curriculum, there are general and specific outcomes to be achieved. Each general outcome includes specific outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of each grade. Due to the cumulative nature of learning, students are also expected to retain and demonstrate the specific outcomes from previous grades.
Alberta Education is currently in the process of curriculum redesign to ensure that Alberta curriculum continues to be responsive and relevant for today’s learners. The curriculum will have a literacy/numeracy foundation with a greater emphasis on cross-curricular competencies. The intent is to have fewer outcomes to enable more depth and greater flexibility to meet students learning needs. Alberta Education is committed to creating an inclusive education system that inspires and enables all students to achieve success and fulfillment as engaged thinkers and ethical citizens, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Students in English Language Arts learn to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations. Students have an opportunity to listen, speak, read, write, view and represent in a variety of contexts.
Language Arts Curriculum
Students in mathematics acquire a base of knowledge and skills related to numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability. They also gain an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of mathematics to civilization and culture.
Students live in a rapidly changing environment of expanding knowledge and new technology. Science teaches students to understand and interpret the world around them. It challenges students to ask relevant questions, define problems and seek solutions.
The goal of Social Studies is to develop responsible citizens by assisting students to acquire appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. Development of critical thinking skills and examination of issues are key components of the curriculum. Students gain an understanding of history, geography, economics, other social sciences and the humanities and their effect on Canada and the world.
Social Studies Curriculum
Through religious education, students develop the knowledge, beliefs, skills and values needed to build a relationship with God. It is an essential and integral part of a Catholic school. Religious education has four essential characteristics. It is Trinitarian. It recognizes God as the creator. It recognizes Jesus, his Son, who reveals God to us and, in turn, reveals God’s Spirit. It is based on Sacred Scripture. It is also based on the life experience of students. Religious education is presented within the tradition of the Catholic Faith Community which provides students with experiences of prayer, faith, love and justice. Teachers and students integrate gospel values in day to day activities as well as in service projects in the school and community whenever opportunities arise.
District Religious Education Assessments
Students in grades 5, 8 & 12 will participate in the district Religious Education assessments.
Grade 5 Quick Facts
Grade 8 Quick Facts
Grade 12 Quick Facts – Religious Education 35
Religious education programs are authorized by the Bishop of the local diocese. Information about the Religious Education program is available here. Information about the teaching of human sexuality, grades 4-12, is available under Parent Support.